Japan is a place of wonder. From its obsession with cleanliness and efficiency to its willingness to install robots in unlikely places, most people who visit feel like they’re in a whole new world.
Some of the innovations here are brilliant and are sure to make you wonder “why don’t we have that?” – others might just seem silly. But one thing is for sure, Japan is full of creative inventions that are lightyears ahead of other countries.
And, of course, people love to say “they have that _____ too!” Well, sure, but ALL 75 of these extra cool things can be found in Japan.
So scroll through and marvel at everything from refrigerators that come to you to all the ways the Japanese are obsessed with umbrellas.
1) Clean Face
They have face covers in fitting rooms so you don’t get oil or makeup on clothing you haven’t purchased.
2) Neat Seat
Parents can find baby holders in public bathroom stalls so they can use both hands.
3) Water Saver
Some of their toilets let you wash your hands over the tank so it can be reused in the next flush.
4) Responsible Children
Instead of having janitors, Japanese students tidy their schools to learn responsibility and respect for their surroundings.
5) Cremation Creation
They’ve built a futuristic “cemetary” where creamated remains take up very little space.
6) Cursive Text
Machines generate handwritten text so you look like you took the time to write a letter
7) Happy Or Sad
They’ve invented an emotion detector for dogs that measures their heart rate so you know how stimuli affects your pup.
8) Upscale Paper
You can find machines that recycle shredded office paper into toilet paper.
9) Better Food
They believe hospital food should actually be edible and appealing.
10) Street Art
Their manhole covers that are both functional and beautiful.
11) Pitched In
Japanese fans stayed after a FIFA game to help clean up – and were happy to do it.
12) Crossing Maze
They have over 300 scramble intersections that allow pedestrians to cross the street diagonally.
13) Safe Parking
Not only do people park inside the lines, they all back into their spots to make parking lots safer.
14) Senior Aids
ATMs have cane holders to accommodate Japan’s aging populating.
15) Smart Scan
Supermarkets have object scanners that reduce the need for stickers and bar codes.
16) Photo Stand
Tourist attractions have phone stands so you can take a timed photo that isn’t a terrible selfie
17) High Tech Toilet
Japanese toilets will wash and warm your bum as well as play music or white noise so no one can hear your business.
18) Group Effort
People have banded together to push a train car out of the way in order to help a person who fell in the gap.
19) Smart Stalls
They have a system that shows which bathroom stalls are vacant or occupied so you don’t have to peer under every door.
20) Vending Shopping
They have vending machines for everything – including hot food, umbrellas, produce, and medicine.
21) Fan Tastic
Ceiling fans distribute heat so it doesn’t just shoot down into one spot.
22) Space Saver
Someone built a school with a rooftop play space so kids can run around outside during the day.
23) Plate Washer
They’ve installed automatic plate-clearers in some restaurants.
24) Eating In Peace
Self-service solo dining cubicles are a model of efficiency and the ultimate in not dealing with other humans.
25) Calorie Counter
They invented an infrared calorie scanner to help people manage their diets (within an accuracy range of 20%)
26) Correct Side
People actually pay attention to signs.
27) Pets Ercise
They sell dual exercise machines for owners and their pets.
28) Fridge On The Go
Someone created a voice-activated refrigerator that comes to you when you call it.
29) Robo Suit
Workers use wearable robotic exoskeleton to help lift heavy objects.
30) Wrinkle Free
They have a hands- and effort-free shirt wrinkle remover that eliminates the need to iron
31) Chew Data
They are collecting data about chewing via a device that hangs on your ear – it also tells you what animal you chew like
32) Butter Applicator
Someone created a portable butter stick, just because.
33) Smooth Bullet
Japanese bullet trains that are so smooth you can balance a coin on its side during a ride
34) Beneath The Earth
Underground farms and gardens help people cultivate crops in a controlled space beneath busy cities.
35) Braille Cans
Drink cans have information in braille on top to help those with sight issues.
36) Sticky Business
Gum comes with little pieces of paper to wrap them in when you’re done so nothing gets sticky.
37) Safe Umbrella
Free umbrella lockers can be found in shopping centers so you don’t have to carry one around with you and potentially lose it
38) Driver Strike
Their protests really stick it to the man and encourage change.
39) Split Decision
Hotel lamps light up on one side in case someone wants to read but the other wants to sleep.
40) Travel Organizer
Airports organize luggage in a way that actually helps you find your bag.